September 2013

Marietta Dentist Shows How Gum Disease Impacts Bodily Health In Unexpected Ways

Dr. Wayne Suway reinforces the importance of maintaining good oral health, showing that good dental habits can reduce the risk of serious diseases such as diabetes, respiratory conditions, and others.

Marietta, GA – Dr. Wayne G. Suway emphasizes to his patients at his private Marietta dentistry practice that routine dental care is essential to maintaining oral health. In a column appearing in the practice’s most recent newsletter, Dr. Suway’s patients are informed why oral hygiene not only helps to protect the mouth from disease, but is also essential to reducing the risk of developing serious diseases that can affect the entire body.

While many patients realize that keeping a steady routine of brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash can go a long way toward reducing their chances for developing gingivitis, they may not realize that periodontal disease can lead to significant and even life-threatening health problems. In a recent blog post on the practice’s website titled “Do You Know The Hidden Dangers Of Gum Disease?”, Dr. Suway explains that while gingivitis and other gum diseases can develop due to neglect, there are other factors that can contribute to gum disease. According to Dr. Suway, gum diseases like gingivitis “can be caused not only by poor oral hygiene, but also by hormone fluctuations or high stress levels.” Gingivitis, when left untreated, has the potential to become much more severe, resulting in periodontitis (chronic inflammation of the gums). Symptoms of periodontitis can include red, swollen, or bleeding gums, bad breath, receding gums, tooth loss. If the condition worsens, it can increase the risk of developing more serious overall health problems.

Dr. Suway is quick to point out that when it comes to maintaining good oral health, the threat of disease is not restricted to the mouth. To illustrate this danger, he notes the complex relationship between gum disease and diabetes. Patients who have diabetes are at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease, and diabetic patients who develop periodontal disease risk increasing diabetic complications. Because of the strong relationship between these two diseases, Dr. Suway says, “I recommend to my diabetic patients that it is particularly important for them to schedule regular dental visits so that I can catch any early signs of gum disease before the condition becomes exacerbated.” He goes on to list other conditions that can begin with gingivitis or periodontitis, including inflammatory diseases elsewhere in the body, respiratory conditions, heart disease, and even cancer.

Due to the dangers of leaving more minor health problems such as gingivitis unattended, the Marietta dentist suggests that in addition to maintaining a steady at-home oral health routine, patients make regular appointments with their dentists to ensure that any complications that do arise are dealt with in a timely fashion. Early detection allows for early treatment, which ultimately can help reduce the risk of developing much more serious health conditions.

About Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

A graduate of Bucknell University, Dr. Wayne Suway earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Emory University School of Dentistry and completed a one-year program in implant dentistry at the Medical College of Georgia. In addition to serving as a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology, Dr. Suway has also been recognized as a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry. He is available for interview upon request.

For more information, visit doctorwaynesuway.com or facebook.com/waynegsuwaydds.

Do You Know The Hidden Dangers Of Gum Disease?

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While many of my patients understand the importance of taking care of their teeth and maintaining healthy gums, these patients do not always understand that good oral health directly impacts your bodily health in other aspects as well. In particular, there is a significant link between periodontal (gum) care and the prevention of serious diseases elsewhere in the body, some of which can become life-threatening.

These more serious health problems can begin with gum disease, such as gingivitis (the beginning stage of gum disease). Gingivitis can be caused not only by poor oral hygiene, but also by hormone fluctuations or high stress levels. The condition can develop into periodontitis (chronic inflammation of the gums) if left untreated, ultimately causing red, swollen, or bleeding gums, bad breath, and even tooth loss.

Though it may seem unlikely, there is a complex relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes. Patients with diabetes have an increased chance for developing gum disease—and diabetic complications are more likely to increase for patients with gum disease. For this reason, I recommend to my diabetic patients that it is particularly important for them to schedule regular dental visits so that I can catch any early signs of gum disease before the condition becomes exacerbated. There are other diseases as well that have been linked to periodontitis, including cancers, respiratory diseases, heart disease, and inflammatory conditions in other areas of the body. As always, regular cleanings and checkups allow your dentist to identify and treat any dental issues early on to reduce the risk of developing more complicated health problems related to gum disease.

Contact Dr. Wayne Suway

To learn more about how Dr. Wayne Suway can help you maintain good oral health and prevent disease, please contact our office today.

Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD.

Our Patient Reviews

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Missy Stone

I have known Dr. Suway for 30 years. My parents found him originally and made me a believer and life long friend and patient. In the years since, I have recommended my husband, son and friends. I would hear that going to the dentist was a fear of many people. I could never understand that because it was always a pleasure to come to Dr. Suway’s office. His staff are so professional, gentle and kind. It’s nice to see the same faces twice a year. You can tell they love working with him. I tell people that Dr. Suway gives the best shots – you can’t even feel a pinch. My son who hates needles, has no problem getting a shot for a filling. I love Dr. Suway’s personality. When you walk in the office you might hear him singing a country western song. I have porcelain veneers on my front teeth and am so thrilled. It’s been 10 years and they are still white and beautiful. He is an artist and perfectionist who loves to make people happy. I recommend Dr. Suway to become your dentist. He is a man of character and professionalism, yet down to earth. If you choose Dr. Suway, you’ll get an excellent dentist, but also a friend for life.

Dennis & Maria Liber

Dr. Suway is very relaxed and as a result we find that we are very relaxed as well. He takes the time to listen when we have concerns and he answers questions fully. We never feel like he is rushing from us to another patient. When we do need fillings, crowns or any other extensive work, he is concerned that we are comfortable and feeling no pain.

Nealean K. Austin

Through the years, we have found Dr. Suway to be a skillful perfectionist in all areas of his profession. He keeps abreast of and utilizes the latest dental techniques to improve and ensure the longevity of his patient’s teeth. He is a caring, personable professional who always greets his patients with a sincere, ready smile. Dr. Suway is also a ‘confidence booster.’ I say this because by the time I was 30 years old I was wearing dentures. He immediately recognized a self-conscious young wife, mother and professional who needed his professional help. His approach to boosting my confidence was through dental implants. At that time dental implants were a relatively new procedure. Dr. Suway carefully explained to me the advantages of dental implants and was proactive in working with my insurance provider to ensure that they understood the correlation between the required dental procedures and health plan benefits. I can smile with confidence forever because of Dr. Suway. Dr. Suway’s staff is a mirror image of his positive professionalism. They are always courteous, knowledgeable, efficient and personable. Appointments are scheduled at your convenience. You know that your time is valued because at the precise time of your appointment you are greeted, then immediately seen by either Dr. Suway or a hygienist. His work is outstanding and he is one of a kind.

Allison Lewis

My husband and I have been patients of Dr. Suway since 1988. Dr. Suway and his staff have provided us with state-of-the-art oral health care in a pleasant, friendly and compassionate environment for many years. Dr. Suway has done many procedures for me including root canals, crowns and a bridge. His work is beautiful. He is truly a perfectionist and that is exactly what I want in a dentist. I would never trust my smile to anyone other then Dr. Suway.